Melanesia


Life of Malagan
These intricate wooden carvings have confused anthropologists and confounded art historians for over a century.

The Life of Malagan


The small-scale societies of these islands became famous in the West for their ceremonial wooden carvings.

Melanesia, an introduction


Collected from Papua New Guinea in the 1880s, this figure would otherwise have been destroyed after its ritual use.

Malagan at the British Museum




The Ambum Stone, c. 1500 B.C.E., greywacke, 
Ambum Valley, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea.
This intriguing artifact has a 3,500-year history. The latest chapter? A political debate over cultural heritage.

Ambum Stone